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Dole recalls spinach salad due to salmonella contamination

Dole is recalling its fresh spinach salad product, pulling 33,600 bags in 13 states.

Some samples of the product, Dole Spinach, came up positive for salmonella during a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

States impacted include Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, the company said.

Salmonella is a foodborne bacteria that makes people sick. Infected people can suffer from diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food.

For most people, the illness typically lasts four to seven days, but babies, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at risk for more severe disease, including dehydration from severe diarrhea, or a bloodstream infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths occur in the U.S. due to non-typhoidal Salmonella infections each year.

The Dole recall is voluntary and no illnesses linked to it have been reported, the company said. Dole's baby spinach and other salads are not included in the recall.

The affected bags are coded A27409B & A27409A, with an October 15 use-by date and the UPC 7143000976. Consumers can call Dole with questions at 800-356-3111.

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